Partners Kick Off AI 75 2024: Dallas‑Fort Worth’s ‘Most Innovative’ People in Artificial Intelligence

Dallas Innovates, the Dallas Regional Chamber, and Dallas AI are teaming up to launch the new AI 75 program at Capital Factory's Future of AI Salon today. The first-ever list will recognize Dallas-Fort Worth innovators in artificial intelligence.

Nominations are open through March 20.

Updated March 8, 2024, at 2:18 p.m.: The nomination deadline for the 2024 AI 75 has been extended to March 20, 2024.

Forget playing catch-up—Dallas-Fort Worth is setting the pace for AI leadership. The region’s visionary companies, top academic institutions, and maverick culture—bolstered by its rise as a top tech talent market—make it fertile ground for the algorithmic age.

Artificial intelligence advancement thrives on the region’s fusion of strengths. But it takes people to unleash its possibilities.

That’s why Dallas Innovates, in partnership with the Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) and Dallas AI, has launched the AI 75. The new program will recognize the most innovative people in artificial intelligence in Dallas-Fort Worth. Nominations officially open today, and the inaugural list of honorees will be revealed in May. 

Dallas Innovates AI 75 nominations in partnership with DRC and Dallas AI

Nominations for Dallas Innovates’ AI 75 2024 are open through March 20. Click the image to nominate or go here.

Dallas-Fort Worth is uniquely positioned as a hub for applied AI and advanced AI research, says Duane Dankesreiter, senior vice president of research and innovation at the Dallas Regional Chamber, noting the region’s talent network and industry diversity.

The AI 75 celebrates the visionaries, creators, and influencers making the biggest impact in these areas.

“The Dallas region is the fastest-growing high-tech center in the country,” Dankesreiter said. “We launched the program with Dallas Innovates because we’re truly inspired by the incredible talent we have right here. These brilliant minds are not just working on AI; they’re changing the game and shaping what’s next.”

Categories reflect the AI ecosystem 

The AI 75 celebrates the visionaries, creators, and influencers making the biggest impact in these areas.

The inaugural AI 75 features seven categories honoring innovators across the AI ecosystem. “The AI 75 celebrates the people making real waves in our AI landscape, from corporate visionaries to social innovators,” said Quincy Preston, co-founder and editor of Dallas Innovates. “If you’re working in AI, we invite you to explore the categories, no matter your field or focus.” The AI 75 cuts across the AI spectrum, Preston said, “from the mavericks engineering breakthroughs to the transformers applying AI in groundbreaking ways.”

The AI 75 categories are:
AI Visionary: Leaders and thought leaders shaping the future of AI.
AI Maverick: Pioneers inventing novel AI technologies.
AI Transformer: Practitioners revolutionizing industries through AI adoption.
AI Champion: Community leaders and allies supporting the growth of AI.
AI Catalyst: Investors powering advancements in AI innovation.
AI Research Pioneer: Scientists and academics on the cutting edge of new AI discoveries.
AI Impact Innovator: AI for good, socially conscious AI applications.

2024 AI 75 nominations have been extended

Nominations for the inaugural AI 75 open today, February 20. The deadline for making nominations is March 20, 2024. 

You’re invited to nominate a peer who is driving AI forward from Dallas-Fort Worth. We also encourage self-nominations from innovators across industries in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including professionals from companies, startups, and academic institutions. Eligible individuals are North Texans making significant contributions to artificial intelligence, whether through groundbreaking research, innovative research, catalytic efforts, or transformative solutions.

All nominations must be made online. There is no fee to nominate.

Innovation, impact, and more

The editors of Dallas Innovates will lead the inaugural nomination review and honoree selection process for the 2024 AI 75 program. Program partners Dallas AI and the Dallas Regional Chamber will provide strategic guidance and input on the editors’ honoree selections across award categories. Nominees will be reviewed for demonstrated excellence across key criteria, including recent AI innovations, adoption impacts, industry technological advancement, future potential, and contributions to society.

AI 75 will be revealed on May 2 at Convergence AI Dallas Conference

The inaugural class of honorees will be announced live on May 2 at the Dallas Regional Chamber Convergence AI event and featured on Dallas Innovates. Each innovator will be featured in exclusive coverage on

The Convergence AI Dallas conference at the Irving Convention Center is set to be the place “where artificial intelligence and business meet.” The DRC will bring together a diverse set of leaders, from executives to entrepreneurs, to hear about the latest trends and innovations in artificial intelligence during a full-day conference.

AI 75 industry partners

Dallas AI is the largest nonprofit AI professional group in Dallas-Fort Worth, with 5,000+ members—from senior corporate leaders to fresh graduates and professionals—with one common trait: “passion for AI.”

Named the National Chamber of the Year in July 2022, the Dallas Regional Chamber is one of the country’s most established business organizations and serves as the voice of business in the Dallas  region. The DRC supports the launch and growth of innovation activities in the region by connecting entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers, and the business community.

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